Why is this news?

January 11, 2009

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090110/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_chili

Our country is falling apart and all people care about is the president-elect eating fucking chili. Do people honestly care about this shit?

Well, 95% is close enough to universal for me. Obama’s health plan is being speculated to cover 95% of Americans and cost about $75 billion.

Now, I’m not going to go into numbers, because this isn’t that type of blog (and numbers don’t mean shit anymore when any asshole can Google a term and get “facts” from some crackpot website, left or right), but $75 billion for health care for almost everyone is a fair deal. $75 billion is a very large amount of money, but I don’t feel like it is too frugal. Of course, cheap is not exactly something I want my health care to be.

The bottom line is, that under the new health care system, a lot of injustices in our current system would be fixed. There are many people out there who get sick and end up not being able to keep up with medical expenses, and eventually end up becoming just sort of abandoned by the health system. There are seniors out there living on fixed incomes that have to choose to buy food or medicine, because they can’t get insurance to cover the costs. I am by no means a bleeding heart liberal, but that is not something I want to happen in my country, especially not if we have the power to stop it.

I usually take my Michael Moore with more than a few grains of salt, but I really agree with him on the health care issue. His proposal is pretty straightforward, and pretty much follows the model set my European universal systems. I think we, as Americans, really got the whole idea wrong, and it definitely needs revising. This new plan seems like the first step in the right direction.

Barack Obama on Video Games

November 6, 2008

“We need to give parents the tools and information they need to make choices about what programs their children are watching or what video games they are playing. As we move towards a digital environment, there is a golden opportunity for the industry to do this on their own—to use the latest in technology to give parents more information and more choice. For example, this technology could make it possible for parents to create their own family tier just by programming their television to block certain channels, block certain genres of programming like dramas, or block television at certain times of the day. The same can be said of video games, especially as we’re moving into an era when they can be downloaded as easily as today’s movies and television shows.”

“I would call upon the video game industry to give parents better information about programs and video games by improving the voluntary rating system we currently have. Broadcasters and video game producers should take it upon themselves to improve this system to include easier to find and easier to understand descriptions of exactly what kind of content is included. But if the industry fails to act, then my administration would.”

“And even if the industry does do some responsible self-policing, there’s still a role for the federal government to play. We need to understand the impact of these new media better. That’s why I supported federal funding to study the impact of video games on children’s cognitive development.”

Wow, finally some common sense in government regarding video games. This sounds pretty reasonable. I think that it is the industry’s responsibility to make attempts to provide a reasonable amount of information, and parents’ responsibilities to decide how to interpret that. Thanks Obama.

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2008/11/05/what-barack-obamas-win-means-for-gamers/

Apparently I am quite the celebrity now. My blog was recently linked to by a London reporter for Fox News, and due to my activities on election night, there are pictures of me on a couple of blogs.

I am pretty relieved now that the election is over. I got tired of talking/thinking about it so much…it’s pretty stressful. Grant Park was an amazing place to be on election night, though. Me and my partner in crime made signs and wore masks for the occasion.

fuckmccain

We also were interviewed for a couple of radio stations, a television show, and a film. The police eventually took my sign, citing a city ordinance prohibiting profanity in public signs, but it was after Obama had already won, and I was in too good of a mood to let them bother me. Anyways, now with all the election stuff over, I can get back to making more games.

Around
the
Internet there is wide speculation that there will be riots on election night.

The thing that really bothers me, is that everything I read about potential riots keeps pointing back to race. Among conservatives, it is believed that any rioting done will be by blacks, in either a win or lose scenario. Even among the more liberal minds, there still appears to be an idea that any rioting will be because of the race factor

While race is definitely a factor in this election, it is not the only reason we should be talking about riots on election night, especially if Obama does not win. As witnessed in 2000, our electoral system is broken, and has been for a long time. The people that make our voting machines are deeply rooted in the Republican party. Even early voters are having to wait several hours to vote, and in many poorer areas, where polls are underfunded and understaffed, just as in 2004, people will have to wait even longer because of the expected record turnout this year.

If Obama does not win, it will not be because of race, it will be because the system is broken. We are not fighting against electoral discrimination based on race. We are fighting against the theft of an election. It is not acceptable for voter disenfranchisement to exist in the way it does. There are already widespread reports of voting machine funny business, and oddly enough, it seems as though the Right is usually the side benefiting from this.

Even Oprah had a small encounter with an unruly machine.

If Obama loses, it is not an issue of race. It is an issue of evil people doing evil things for power, and I , for one, will not stand for that. Here in Chicago, Barack Obama will be having his election night party in Grant Park, and I will be there. If there are riots, it will not be blacks rioting because they feel discriminated against. It will be people of all colors and backgrounds standing up against injustice. This election has gone far past being a race issue. It is now an issue of democracy, and widespread election fraud does not make a democracy.

While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
Eugene V. Debs

Barack Obama the Socialist

October 29, 2008

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081029/ap_on_el_pr/obama

Really? This is what we are down to now. McCain is really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. While Obama talks about economic reform, and the real issues, both McCain and Palin continue with their mudslinging.

What if Obama is a socialist? Is that a bad thing? I mean, the whole capitalism thing isn’t exactly working out too well right now. Let’s face it, capitalism is inherently incompatible with democracy. In a real democracy, money DOES NOT equal power (Money != Power, for all you computer types out there). Real reform and change will only come when we realize this.

I thought the following Obama quote was especially humorous:

“By the end of the week, he’ll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

Now, I am not a Democrat by any means. In fact, I disagree with a number of party policies. I feel that in this election, though, Barack Obama has really stepped up to the plate to deliver a campaign that addresses real issues instead of turning the election into some form of popularity contest. The least the GOP could do is have some respect for the electoral process and actually try to present its case…oh wait! That probably wouldn’t be very helpful for them.

The Republicans are not interested in a real campaign because they simply couldn’t win. There is very little “change” in this elections Republican ticket. The reason that the GOP cannot and will not participate in a flat out, policy-based campaign is because their policies are, for the most part, the same policies that have gotten us in trouble.

I admit, McCain is infinitely better than the Bush administration on pretty much any issue, but we are not in a position to accept a form of slight change. If our country is to ever break free of foreign energy and economic dependencies, we need to revolutionize the way our country is run. I don’t think McCain would do this, and Obama has made it clear that he intends to overhaul many things, notably healthcare.

The bottom line is that we need to significantly change the way our country is run. Instead of trying to recognize this, the GOP is simply trying to pass off legitimate reform as socialism, something that carries a heavy stigma in the US. The GOP is making a campaign of obscuring and skewing facts while the Democrats are presenting clear issues and plans. You can tell a lot about a candidate by the tactics they use to get into office, and I don’t appreciate a candidate who tries to turn his opponents policies into a socialist scare tactic.